Nawaz Sharif appears before AC

News Desk , Bol News

05:49:46, Monday, August 13, 2018

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Accountability Court hearing two remaining corruption references against him and his family today. 

The former prime minister was brought to the court in an armoured vehicle.

The Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik will hear the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references shortly.

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only. Nawaz's son have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and the prosecution's star witness Wajid Zia will also appear for the hearing.

Judge Malik had summoned Nawaz and Zia during the last hearing on August 9. 

During the last hearing, Judge Malik had questioned National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi regarding the progress in investigations into the two remaining corruption references.

The NAB prosecutor had told the Accountability Court judge, "After Wajid Zia, only one more witness's statements need to be recorded."

"There are three suspects in both the references. Investigation is ongoing against Nawaz while his sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case," he further said.

The hearing was then adjourned till today.

Prior to that, on August 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) transferred the two references to Accountability Court II.

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered the transfer of the cases on Nawaz's plea.

Nawaz’s legal counsel had filed an appeal requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court .

Earlier, on July 6, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017.

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